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A ProgressiveMetal band from Seattle, Washington, best remembered for their epic RockOpera ''OperationMindcrime'' and for their Top 10 single "Silent Lucidity". The band's lineup for the majority of its career was:

* '''Chris [=DeGarmo=]:''' guitars, keyboards
* '''Eddie Jackson:''' bass
* '''Scott Rockenfield:''' drums
* '''Geoff Tate:''' vocals, keyboards where necessary, saxophone
* '''Michael Wilton:''' guitars

They also frequently worked with the late Music/MichaelKamen.

Starting out as something of an Music/IronMaiden-esque Euro-metal band, Queensr˙che has experimented with many different sounds and styles over the course of their career. For example, for their second album ''Rage For Order'' they utilized highly industrialized orchestrations, various production trickery and ominous synthesizers (dubbed "techno-metal"); and ''Hear In The Now Frontier'' featured a raw, stripped-back sound with little to no audio effects other than natural overdrive for the guitars. Albums such as ''The Warning'', ''Mindcrime'', ''Empire'' and ''Promised Land'', meanwhile, featured comparatively straightforward ProgressiveMetal with multiple time signatures, complicated structures, twin guitar solos by Wilton and [=DeGarmo=], plus the aforementioned experimentation with synthesizers and sound effects.

Like most hard rock bands from TheEighties, Queensr˙che's popularity waned in TheNineties with the rise of grunge (which, ironically, has its roots in Queensr˙che's hometown of Seattle). Nonetheless, Queensr˙che continues to record and tour, although founding member Chris [=DeGarmo=] left the band in 1998 to pursue personal interests. While a number of musicians have worked with the band in his absence, a permanent replacement has yet to be hired.

In June 2012, Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield kicked Geoff Tate out of the band. Todd La Torre of the band Crimson Glory was chosen as Tate's replacement, and the previously-hired Parker Lundgren was retained on guitars. Geoff Tate continues to tour under the Queensr˙che name with past Queensr˙che member Kelly Gray. So yes, there are actually '''two Queensr˙ches''', causing the mother of all [[BrokenBase divided fanbases]].

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Current Line-up:
* With Geoff Tate:
** Geoff Tate - Vocals, keyboard, saxophone (1982-present)
** Kelly Gray - Guitar, backing vocals (1998-2002, 2012-present)
** Randy Gane - Keyboard (2012-present)
** Rudy Sarzo - bass, backing vocals (2012-present)
** Robert Sarzo - Guitar, backing vocals (2013-present)
** Simon Wright - Drums (2013-present)

* With Todd La Torre:
** Michael Wilton - Guitar, backing vocals (1982-present)
** Eddie Jackson - Bass, backing vocals (1982-present)
** Scott Rockenfield - Drums, keyboard, orchestration (1982-present)
** Parker Lundgren - Guitar, backing vocals (2009-present)
** Todd La Torre - Lead Vocals (2012-present)

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Discography:
* Pre-Split:
** 1983 - ''Queensr˙che'' (EP)
** 1984 - ''The Warning''
** 1986 - ''Rage for Order''
** 1988 - ''[[OperationMindcrime Operation: Mindcrime]]''
** 1990 - ''Empire''
** 1994 - ''Promised Land''
** 1997 - ''Hear in the Now Frontier''
** 1999 - ''[=Q2K=]''
** 2003 - ''Tribe''
** 2006 - ''Operation: Mindcrime II''
** 2007 - ''Take Cover''
** 2009 - ''American Soldier''
** 2011 - ''Dedicated to Chaos''

* With Geoff Tate:
** 2013 - ''Frequency Unknown''

* With Todd La Torre:
** 2013 - ''Queensr˙che'' (Full length album)

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!!Queensr˙che provides us with examples of:

* AuthorTract: Some segments of both ''Mindcrime'' albums can get this way. Of course, SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* BlackSheepHit: Their one and only Top 40 single, "Silent Lucidity", is a Music/PinkFloyd-esque orchestral ballad with no traces of the band's trademark prog-metal.
* BuffySpeak: The answering machine message at the beginning of the song "Empire."
* ConceptAlbum: ''Promised Land'' (1994) is a song cycle dealing with a man's life in general, and the theme of "be careful what you wish for" in particular. ''American Soldier'' (2009) is a collection of songs written from the point of view of U.S. military veterans and their experiences. Of course, there's also the ''Mindcrime'' saga.
** Concepts can also be interpreted in ''The Warning'' (1984) about a mad prophet's ramblings, ''Rage for Order'' (1986) about a stalker and an underground revolution, and ''Empire'' (1990) about scenes possibly connected in the same neighbourhood, as some songs fade into each other and have similar lyrics.
* CoverVersion: Lisa Dalbello's "Gonna Get Close to You" (''Rage for Order'') and Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's "Scarborough Fair" (bonus track on the reissue of ''Empire'').
** CoverAlbum: ''Take Cover''.
* DressRehearsalVideo: "Nightrider" and "Breaking The Silence".
* EpicRocking: "Roads To Madness", "Suite Sister Mary", "Della Brown", "Anybody Listening?", "Promised Land".
* ExecutiveMeddling: EMI America forced the band to adopt a more HairMetal image for ''Rage for Order'' due to the style's popularity at the time, but otherwise didn't interfere with the recording. The album's booklet shows publicity stills of the band wearing [[TrenchcoatBrigade trenchcoats]], heavy make-up and perms despite the album itself containing experimental ProgressiveMetal.
** EMI America also meddled directly for the only time with ''The Warning'', where the band went $300.000 overbudget during the recording and the label took the recordings away from them and handed them to Val Garay for final mixing. As described by Geoff Tate, Garay had "no clue what Queensr˙che was. He never listened to hard rock music and didn't take input from anyone in the band. He just mixed it according to how he thought it should sound. No one in the band could listen to that record. We all hated it."
* GreatBallsOfFire: the stage set for performing the ''Mindcrime'' shows, including twin wall-sized TV screens.
* HeavyMithril: Their first full-length album, ''The Warning'', is music to play [=RPGs=] to.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Sacred Ground", "Anytime/Anywhere", "Got It Bad".
* JumpScare: A couple standouts that can also qualify as a BigWordShout:
** [[OperationMindcrime REVOLUTION!!!!]] (''Eyes Of A Stranger'' - Much of Mindcrime has this)
** ''ON YOUR FEET!'' ("Sliver," ''American Soldier'')
** ''WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY AM I?!'' ("Promised Land," ''Promised Land'')
** The sudden door slam at the end of "Anybody Listening?"
* KidsRock: Geoff Tate's daughter Emily performs additional vocals on "Home Again", from ''American Soldier''. During the lawsuits surrounding Tate's ejection from the band, Wilton criticised her performance in his testimony, describing it as off-key and stating that even after producer Kelly Gray time-stretched and {{Auto Tune}}d it, "you can tell that it is definitely in its own key".
* MetalScream: Early in their career, this was a frequent tool (as befitting an Music/IronMaiden clone); but it pretty much fell off after ''Empire''.
** Temporarily regenerated for parts of ''Operation: Mindcrime II'', unsuprisingly.
* MinisculeRocking: Most of the songs on their self-titled 2013 album are very short. The album itself finishes under 40 minutes.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: 6 to 7. Or at least usually.
* MyspeldRokband: In addition to the HeavyMetalUmlaut, the band is named for one of its earliest songs, "Queen Of The Reich".
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Rage for Order'' perhaps most obviously, ''Dedicated To Chaos'', later, but not in a good way.
* OldShame: The band excluded the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQeitJiBDlA "Queen Of The Reich"]] from their video compilation ''Building Empires''. To quote their commentary: "After that is when we grew our hair long... so no one would recognize us!"
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: They do it often.
** Take! Hold! (''Take Hold Of The Flame'' from ''The Warning'')
** I! Can! Hear! The! Chimes!/ I! Can! See! Your! Eyes!/I! Can! Feel! It's! Time! (''Neue Regel'' from ''Rage For Order'')
** We! Are! Rebellion! (''Chemical Youth (We Are Rebellion)'' from ''Rage For Order'')
** Don't! Ever! Trust! (''The Needle Lies'' from ''Operation: Mindcrime'')
** And a few more...
* RetailTherapy: Invoked in their song of the same name, about a character who's only happy when he's buying new electronic gadgets or apps.
* RecordProducer: They've self-produced or co-produced a few of their albums (the self-titled EP and album, ''[=Q2K=]'', ''Tribe''), and worked with [[Music/PinkFloyd James Guthrie]] (''The Warning''), [[Music/{{Yes}} Neil Kernon]] (''Rage for Order''), [[Music/{{Rush}} Peter Collins]] (''Mindcrime'', ''Empire'', ''Hear in the Now Frontier'') James Barton (''Promised Land'', the SelfTitledAlbum), and Jason Slater (''Mindcrime II'', ''Take Cover'', ''American Soldier'', ''Dedicated to Chaos'' - possibly the most disliked of all their producers), among others.
* RockOpera: ''OperationMindcrime'', and its sequel.
* SignificantMonogram: After the split, Geoff Tate's version of the band released "Frequency Unknown" - with the initials featured prominently on the cover.
* StalkerWithACrush: "Gonna Get Close To You" and "Walk in the Shadows".
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